Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee Minutes – October 27, 2021

Our Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence and succeed in reaching their potential.

Preschool Initiative Mission: To strengthen, support and empower children and families through access to quality community services for preschool education for 4-year olds.

Facilitator: Kim Burrack

Secretary: Kim Burrack

The Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee (PIOC) met on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 via Zoom meeting. Copies of the Agenda were emailed before the meeting.

Committee Members Present: Kerri Hall, Erika Fuentes, and Brenda Jenkins.

Guests / Visitors: None

Discussion Items:

Committee members introduced themselves

Kim Burrack shared information about the Sioux City Preschool Initiative (PI) enrollment. Enrollment is up from last year by 86 students. Several programs were not able to find teachers so even though they had eligible students we were not able to count those students due to lack of an appropriate teacher. Kim Burrack worked with several programs to find appropriate license substitutes, but some programs were not willing or able to pursue that option.

Kim Burrack shared the IGDI math and literacy screenings data completed in October. Kim Burrack shared the preschool department’s literacy goal this school year is to increase the number of students meeting benchmark on the IGDI literacy screening by 40% from fall to spring. The preschool math goal this school year is to increase the number of students meeting benchmark on the IGDI math screening by 30% from fall to spring.

The committee members share they would like the following topics to be added to future meetings. IGDI data comparison between PI data and the IGDI data for our AEA, which would include the PI classrooms. The committee would like us to share and discuss options for parent involvement in PI classrooms. Lastly, the committee would like to hear about additional funding options because programs who have increase their enrollment from last year are struggling financially because additional on-time funding appears not be an option for our preschool program for this year.

The next meeting of the Preschool Initiative Oversight Committee will be Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. via Zoom.